cabaret & variety · imaginary reality · Ages 15+ · United States of America

world premiere
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SCOTT LANGER certified reviewer June 17, 2019
tagged as: parody · one-man show · hilarious
From the moment I picked up the program riddled with typos and jabs at those who feel they want to be the orchestra, audience, and conductor- I WAS IN and knew Matt was going to bring the motha-f*ckin noise. The launch - this man knows how to do it. You understand what kind of show this will be almost instantly. There is no warming up or wasted time, from Richey's first breath we know he is lampooning the one-man show, the ego-maniacal actor, the self aggrandizing artist, other fringers, and general a-holes we meet in Los Angeles. Richey puts a mirror up to all of us- forcing us to ask: why are we doing this? What is the actual reason we are creating a play? Do we all really have something to say? Should I have been a dentist or a low... full review
BRETT MOORE certified reviewer June 08, 2019
Blackboxing is both a side-splitting takedown of Fringe and one man shows, and the fulfillment of every stage manager's worst nightmare (and fondest dreams). I left in actual pain from laughing so much and so hard over 45 minutes. You'll want to sing along to a song you've never even heard before. Jim and Matt both deliver brilliance in moment after moment, as well as some unexpected heart.... full review
DREW PETRIELLO certified reviewer June 07, 2019
tagged as: fringe · solo show · one person show · ego · depression · Acting · satire
Oh, what a tasty skewering of Fringe and solo shows we have here. Blackboxing is absurd but at the same time so painfully true that anyone familiar with the subject matter will be delighted.... full review
ERIC DEPRIESTER certified reviewer June 07, 2019
tagged as: solo · funny · satire
A crowd-pleasing send-up of a solo show and all of the ego, conflict, and catharsis that it entails. ... full review
CHRISTINE DEITNER certified reviewer June 17, 2019
This is just beautiful work on so many levels. It's hilarious and cutting and will send any theatre student all the way back to their first day in college where we were all, essentially, Travis. It both honors and 'sees' the stage manager [can I get a 'hell yes!'], takes solid aim at the very festival it is featured in and surprises you with its capacity to plumb emotional depths. If you are feeling rundown, on the edge or alone in this theatrical landscape, you should see this show. I promise you, it will make it all better.... full review
EDWARD GOODMAN certified reviewer June 18, 2019
Go.... full review
ALEXANDRA FIALLOS certified reviewer June 24, 2019
Blackboxing is a painfully hilarious jab at pretty much most actors doing shows. Using incredible wit, and honesty, this show is a fun one for anyone involved in the industry. There were blurred lines for what was the show Travis was putting on and the show we were watching. ... full review
HEATHER DOWLING certified reviewer June 24, 2019
Masterfully staged and yes, a very, VERY funny jab at the (sometimes) overly self-indulgent solo theatre performers and the hell that actors put stage managers through - but it's a lot more than that. A lot more. ... full review
CHRISTI PEDIGO certified reviewer June 25, 2019
tagged as: fun · honest · parody · original
Blackboxing is a clever parody of one person shows that manages to deliver an important message without hitting you over the head. ... full review
JENNIFER CHUN certified reviewer June 26, 2019
BlackBoxing is a riotous look at the relationship between the different creators in the world of theater reminiscent of Noises Off with a splash of Oscar Wilde and a dash of Monty Python. ... full review